After Katrina, Tulane’s Architecture School Became a Community Builder


Before Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University in New Orleans was perceived by many locals as being out of touch with the “real world” concerns of the rest of the city. That changed after the storm, when the Tulane School of Architecture launched the Tulane City Center. Listen to this five-minute radio story to hear how the City Center has become a destination for architecture students who want to learn about public-interest design. According to Scott Bernhard, an associate professor of architecture at Tulane, the City Center is a place where students “get their hands dirty” designing for real-world problems, and where they develop the cultural competency required by placed-based work with low-income communities. As one student, Ashley Ricketson, said on air, it’s important to design “with people and not for people.”

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Tulane City Center, Grow Dat Youth Farm, Magellan Street Garden

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